With a qualifying performance like the one Lewis Hamilton accomplished on Saturday and a gift of an Ayrton Senna helmet, the weekend was always going to be his. Leading from flag to flag, Hamilton claimed his 6th win of the Canadian Grand Prix and did a yeoman’s job of pulling back a 25-point deficit to his closest rival, Sebastian Vettel.
Lewis’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, put in a terrific performance as well after a blazing start getting by Vettel and coming home second giving the Mercedes team a much needed 1, 2 in the constructor’s championship re-taking the lead. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo capitalized on a struggling Ferrari, who had to pit early for a new nose and fresh tires, and came home third for the Austrian team.
Sebastian Vettel did manage to put in a recovery drive from the back of the grid using a two-stop strategy to claim 4th in a damage limitation drive with Force India’s Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon in 5tha nd 6th. The second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen struggled with brake issues late and only managed 7th.
A big win for Lewis Hamilton who was in a zone of his own this weekend equaling Ayrton Senna’s qualifying record of 65 and winning his sixth Canadian Grand Prix. He managed to get on top of his car after a bad Monaco and take the fight to Ferrari.
A win for Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes who brought a new power unit upgrade and it certainly worked giving them a 1, 2 finish as well as points for its customer teams. Valtteri had a terrific start ensuring a second place and did a great job of securing the podium and maximizing the points for the team.
A win for Daniel Ricciardo who held off both Force India’s to take the final step on the podium for a team that actually had little business being there on pace, that was a big win for the team.
A huge win for Esteban Ocon who made the best new Mercedes power unit and a cracking strategy to finish on the podium which was scuttled by his teammate, Sergio Perez, but he kept a smile on his face and a positive attitude.
A big win for Lance Stroll to claim his first points at his home grand prix and bring home points when his teammate couldn’t due to an accident that collected him on the first lap. The young Canadian has been the target of some fan ire due to his paid way to Formula 1 but scoring points at home may go some way to quelling those criticisms.
Not many folks are talking about it but Nico Hulkenberg’s 8th and points finish is a big win for the team who was down on power.
A fail for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who ended his day early with a battery failure while running second and looking very competitive.
A fail for Toro Rosso who managed a dual DNF with Carlos Sainz out on lap one and Daniil Kvyat retired with mechanical issues while running in the points. It’s compounded as Kvyat had a terrific run from the back of the grid and into the points before retiring.
A fail, again, for McLaren Honda who managed to let Fernando Alonso down with a dead engine that will possibly see a penalty for Baku with another engine change.
A fail for Ferrari who were beaten off the line at the start and tried a two-stop strategy to recover but a brake issue for Kimi Raikkonen and a damaged wing for Sebastian Vettel made their weekend a very difficult affair.
A WTH moment for Force India who tactically set Esteban Ocon up for a potential podium run by pitting him late and with fresher tires, he was keen to take the fight to Red Bull’s Daniel Ricicardo but was denied that opportunity and blocked by his teammate, Perez, each time he tried to get by the Mexican. Sergio was asked several times to consider Ocon’s pace and let him attack Ricciardo but denied his teammate the opportunity. Perez made it clear that he isn’t in F1 to cede positions and play team orders. He’s here to win.
A WTH moment for lap one with Romain Grosjean being squeezed by Carlos Sainz which then spun the Spaniard into Felipe Massa.
A WTH moment for Fernando Alonso who spent the month of May in America and came back to F1 in a new fashion walking up into the grand stands and hanging out with fans while giving them his race gloves. Perhaps Alonso is bringing some Indycar back to F1?
Canadian GP Results:
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||35.297s|
|5||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||40.476s|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||40.716s|
|9||Lance Stroll||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|10||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|11||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||1 Lap|
|12||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|13||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|14||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren/Honda||1 Lap|
|15||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber/Ferrari||2 Laps|
|16||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Honda||4 Laps|
|–||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||Retirement|
|–||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||Retirement|
|–||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||Collision|